Sunday, April 13, 2008

music appreciation lessons @ The Red Crab's Seafood Club

I would never expect that a restaurant like Red Crab's Seafood Club would have a grand white piano in the midst of all the diners (and the pianist was wearing white and the other soloist too)...
Well honestly it's my first time in that resto...and besides I wouldn't know much about the restos in that whole stretch of Greenbelt 3 coz I don't frequent the place that much...baka pala lahat na ng restos dun may free-for-all-jamming na pala haha...
Now this is my first time to hear this new pop jazz artist Olivia (http://ultimateolivia.multiply.com) perform live to be exact...coz I already have her cd and have been listening to it...but I can't quite recall though if she was the one I was referring to when I said or mentioned it to (mJ I think)...it's (her style) an acquired taste...
Anyway...I was prepared to be...hmmm proven wrong?...or maybe I was expecting to be impressed by this kid...and yup! she's young huh....her kakulitan that night was a true testament to her kakikayan sobra!


Before I give my "review' of her performance...let me just give you an overview of the playlist that night...the songs that the very limited piano player can do hehe...
as always thanks to mJ for this=>

SittiZen Angel on the piano...with Olivia singing Say A Little Prayer (medyo parang mabilis tempo ni Angel kaya parang naghahabol si Olivia...but hey! jamming naman diba),


Lullaby of Birdland, Dream a Little Dream (this French song by Ella Fitzgerald), This Girl's in Love with you (Pare! haha),

Duets with Caezar - You, Umagang Kay Ganda & Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang;

Girl from Ipanema, Like a Lover, The Prayer, Loving You (OMG! she hit the high notes AMAZINGLY!), All Behind Us now, Sweet Baby (the last few songs of the night were all with minus one accompaniment, kainis na ang pianista nito eh haha, na feeling ko ay pirated kasi panay talon ng cd! haha joke lang! pero pangit ung audio nila ha)...and of course Just the Two of Us (I forgot the other songs if ever I missed anymore hehe)

So what do I think of her live performance?... I give her credit for maintaning her poise despite the fumbles of the pianist (blame it on the piano player why doncha! hehe)...what do you expect? the people at the resto did not know who was going to jam with them...and of course...harmony is not only with music and lyrics and all that...it is also in the tandem...between singer and (backup) musician...so it was glaringly obvious that they did not have chemistry haha...but they were able to amaze this foreigner who was dining at the resto...he generously gave tips to both Olivia and the pianist hehe...


Ok so I would have to say I can not give a credible or appropriate judgment on how Olivia performed...of course her voice was beautiful...esp. when she sang Loving You! shucks! the goose bumps! but I'd like to be able to judge the whole package so to speak...but I can give points to her "kakikayan" on stage...it was clear that she was having fun... "Kuya pde po ba B flat?" ..."Caezar papilit ka naman"... such spontaneity and charisma will endear her to her audience...though her shyness hinders her at times from chatting with the crowd...she mostly kidded around with us and not much with the other diners (there wasn't much to speak of anyway haha)...

and her makulit na PR had to give her instructions most of the time...
pagpasensyahan na at expert naman yan eh haha...


so I can give her a rating of...hmmm... 6 out 8...

kainis lang talaga yung pinanista eh tapos tinopak pa yung cd haha...

I do believe I need to watch her perform live again

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